From Monday, regardless of the social distancing level, eating and drinking is banned in 21 types of public places across South Korea including sports arenas, museums and art galleries.
“Despite having a cafe, this library in Seoul no longer allows visitors to enjoy their coffee on the terrace. Instead, they’re advised to take their drinks to a neighboring park.”
There are some exceptions, though, for separate areas designated for eating such as cafeterias.
And PC room users can eat only if their tables have dividers in front and at both sides.
Other businesses subject to the ban include movie theaters, singing rooms, casinos, gyms and bathhouses.
Violators will be fined 100-thousand won, about 90 U.S. dollars, starting April 5th after a one-week grace period.
On top of the no eating policy, pubs, bars, and nightclubs now require QR registration for entry.
And even if groups enter public facilities, each person must register individually.
“Now everybody entering a restaurant, not just one person per group, must check in using the QR code or write their information down on the register.”
South Korea added 384 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a slight drop from the day before.
Adding to the concern are 40 extra cases of the three main variants the total now at 289.
Health authorities have extended level two social distancing in the Seoul metropolitan area and level one.five in the rest of the country until April 11th.
The ban on private gatherings of five or more people remains, with only a few exceptions like pre-wedding introductions between the families of the bride and groom.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.